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Early In Careers

At Santander, we welcome and nurture talent. It doesn’t matter if you’re a school leaver, a student or a graduate – if you’re bright, ambitious and motivated, we’ll give you a path into our business and that first step to a banking career.

This site is designed to show you our different options and help you decide which one’s right for you. Whichever programme you pick, you can be sure that it will lead to an exciting future at one of the best known banks in the world.


If you’ve got A-C grade GCSEs (or equivalent) in English and Maths, an Apprenticeship could be ideal. It’s a chance to take on a real, permanent job with real responsibility, learning as you go. We’ll give you the opportunity to gain a valuable vocational qualification and the foundation for a successful career.

Flying Start (School Leaver Programme)

Our four-year Flying Start programme is designed to take you from school to a Chartered Institute of Bankers qualification in just four years. It’s a paid alternative to university that will give you a head start in your career. We look for people with at least two grade C A-levels (or equivalent) and the drive to excel (please note some A Levels subjects are exempt for consideration for this programme).


A summer internship will give you a valuable insight into a global business – and a possible graduate career. Our 10-week placement is the perfect way to find out if Santander’s for you, and can provide an opportunity to add relevant experience to your CV.

Graduate careers

We offer structured graduate programmes in several different areas, from Retail Sales & Telephony Management, to Risk, Compliance and Marketing. Each one provides intensive learning and development, and a springboard to a successful long-term career.